Overcome Addiction

FASTING IS NOT a hunger strike. It helps you to overcome addictions, and gives God a chance to strengthen your resolve. 

“‘When you practice some appetite-denying discipline to better concentrate on God, don’t make a production out of it. It might turn you into a small-time celebrity but it won’t make you a saint. If you ‘go into training’ inwardly, act normal outwardly. Shampoo and comb your hair, brush your teeth, wash your face. God doesn’t require attention-getting devices. He won’t overlook what you are doing; he’ll reward you well.’”

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭6:16-18‬ (msg)

God’s presence will be strengthened, and your mental and physical condition will be refreshed. 

Remember the cereal “Mikey?” He said, “Try it. You’ll like it!”

Religious Games

The Jewish children of Jesus’ day played a game dividing into two groups. One group pretended to play musical instruments or singing. The second group responded in a manner totally out of character. Jesus responded to the religious leaders who gossiped against John the Baptist as being too strict and to Jesus as being too liberal in mercy and  joy.   They said of Jesus: “Look, a glutton and winebibber, a friend of sinners!”  

Read Matthew 11:16-19

His Face

JESUS had a happy face – His disciples tried to keep the little children away, but 
“when Jesus noticed he said to his disciples, “‘Let the children come to me, ….’”
‭‭Mark‬ ‭10:14‬

Children only run to someone who has a happy face. 

Charles Allen tells of when Bertel Thorvaldsen took a friend to see his famous statue of Christ with arms outstretched and head bowed between them, the friend said, “But I cannot see his face.”  The renowned sculptor answered, “If you would see the face of Christ, you must get on your knees.”
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“Oh, I want to see Him, look upon His face,
There to sing forever of His saving grace;
On the streets of Glory let me lift my voice;
Cares all past, home at last, ever to rejoice.”
(R. H. Cornelius)

Devious Times

“For thus saith the LORD of hosts, [do not allow the crazies out there] “deceive you, ….”
‭‭Jeremiah‬ ‭29:8 (kjv)

“You’re going to find that there will be times when people will have no stomach for solid teaching, but will fill up on spiritual junk food—catchy opinions that tickle their fancy. They’ll turn their backs on truth and chase mirages. But you—keep your eye on what you’re doing; accept the hard times along with the good; keep the Message alive; do a thorough job as God’s servant.”
‭‭2 Timothy‬ ‭4:3-5‬ ‭(msg)

Storms

IT IS THE HEIGHT OF STUPIDITY TO THINK WE COULD GOVERN OUR OWN DESTINY!

We ask for ease and God gives it to us. We ask for money and God gives. We ask for a multiplicity of pleasant things and God gives.

Then, things fall apart and we ask WHY? God answers, “You didn’t ask for storms.”

The Gossiper

A lady went to her priest and said, “I need forgiveness because I have been an awful gossiper in my village.” The priest said, “OK. I want you to pluck all the feathers off of a chicken and bring them back to me.” She did as instructed, went back to the priest and asked if she could be forgiven. The priest told her, “Not yet.  Take the feathers and throw them on the door step of everyone you gossiped against.” She did as instructed and went back to the Priest. “Now can I be forgiven?” 

Priest: “I have one more thing I want you to do.  Go back to the village, place all feathers in the bag and bring them back to me.” She cried out, “But that is impossible. They have all blown to the four winds.”

The priest sat quietly while she wept. 

Could it be that a person who gossips about a sinner is worse off than the one who committed the sin? Who knows – maybe comme ci, comme ça

Assurance

HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED as you wander? I have. Most of us have.  Many of us have wondered if we are really, really accepted by God, saved, will make it to heaven, if this and if that. 

A good place to start for assurance is to read God’s word.  God cannot lie, therefore what he says in his word is an eternal promise!
“Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved, ….”
‭‭Acts of the Apostles‬ ‭16:31‬ ‭(nlt). 

Now, insert your name between the brackets:
“If [put your name here] believes in the Lord Jesus … he/she WILL BE SAVED ….”

No, you must not grieve the Spirit by acting like/living like the devil. You are accepted now, saved, so don’t continue to live like you lived in your “old” life. You have a new life. 
It’s a promise, God’s promise. 

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“Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine
O what a foretaste of glory divine
Heir of salvation, purchase of God
Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood.
“This is my story, this is my song
Praising my Savior all the day long
This is my story, this is my song
Praising my Savior all the day long.”
(Fanny J. Crosby)

Homesick

From the very beginning when Carole’s carcino sarcoma was diagnosed, Dr. Nell Suby of Kaiser Hospital was tender, loving, and detailed in her explanation of the operation plan. 

Carcinoma is pronounced (KAR-sih-noh-sar-KOH-muh). It is a  malignant tumor cancer of epithelial tissue, in skin and tissue lining, infecting  the internal organs, and sarcoma [cancer of connective tissue, such as bone, cartilage, etc.].

The treatment plan was crafted by Dr. Sidhu in Roseville Kaiser as our son, Michael, diligently entered information into the computer. 

Detailed information is of immense help, allowing us to follow the treatment along as well as allowing us to ask pertinent & penetrating questions. 

It is my understanding that  carcinosarcoma patients may live 12 to 18 months on average after diagnosis. With the professional help of Kaiser’s physicians, my sweet and loving wife has now been fighting the battle for 4 1/2 years. 

If you will allow me to speak for Carole, it is not joy unspeakable and full of glory at campmeeting when you are in excruciatingly unbearable pain while cancer is eating away at your guts.   

I would request that if it be God’s will take her to his home in glory where there will be no more pain, no suffering, no “why,” no confusion because of mind altering drugs, no blank stare while mouthing “help me.”

“‘He will wipe every tear from [her] eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.’”

‭‭Revelation‬ ‭21:4‬ (niv)

Please join me in prayer for the presence of the loving God, the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords, El Shaddai the God who can, The Savior whose blood was shed for life eternal, to make his powerful presence known as he ushers my precious wife through the gates of Glory into that crystal river of life-eternal bliss,  worshipping at the feet of Jesus while angels sing songs so beautiful no ear has ever heard or mind conceived. 

“There’s a light in the window

The table’s spread in splendor

Someone’s standing by the open door

I can see a crystal river

I must be near forever

See, I’ve never been this homesick before

“I see the bright light shine

It’s just about hometime

I can see my Father standing at the door

This world has been a wilderness

I’m ready for deliverance

Lord, I’ve never been this homesick before”

(Dottie Rambo & Jesse Dixon)

“The holy hills of Heaven call me

To mansions bright across the sea

Where loved ones wait and crowns are given

The hills of home keep calling me

“I see loved ones over yonder

Tears are gone and hearts are free

And from the throne King Jesus beckons

Oh the hills of home are calling me

“This house of flesh is but a prison

Bars of bone are holding my soul

But the doors of clay are gonna burst wide open

When the angel sets my spirit free”

(Joyce Reba Rambo)

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JESUS PREACHED IN THE SYNAGOGUES.  THE PEOPLE CALLED HIM RABBI. 
As a Jewish teacher, it was more than probable that he followed the  Ritual of Worship traditional to their time including incense as did Zachariah, the father of John the Baptist. The Psalmist writes,  “May my prayer be set before you like incense; may the lifting up of my hands be like the evening sacrifice.”
‭‭Psalm‬ ‭141:2‬ ‭(niv)

The burning of incense AND the lifting of hands were symbols of remembrance and glory to The Holy God.  Those who worshipped false gods “copied” those who worshipped the one and true God.  


Those who are worshippers of “the false” take what is good, right and required, driving it into the ground, or over emphasizing it in their attempt to delegitimize the true and ordained. 


Do you want to really know Him?
Do you want Him to communicate with you?
Do you hunger for that secret place where you know and are known?


Throw away those old ways that muddy your conscience, that cause grief to Him, THEN YOU WILL “HAVE CONFIDENCE to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, … let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.”
‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭10:19-22‬ ‭(niv)